October 3, 2018  Past Issues

ISBA releases judicial performance survey results

The Iowa State Bar Association released the results of its biennial survey of judges standing for retention in this year’s general election in November. Thank you to ISBA members who participated in rating the three Court of Appeals judges, 36 district court judges and 28 district associate judges.

The ISBA has conducted this performance review every two years since 1962, when Iowa adopted its merit system for selecting judges.

The full results are available now on the website

Iowa Supreme Court appoints new members to Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure

The Iowa Supreme Court issued an order Oct. 2 appointing Jacob Bylund of Des Moines and Judge Kellyann Lekar of Waterloo to the Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure for terms ending Sept. 30, 2021.

The order also appointed Judge Lekar as co-chair of the committee and acknowledged the appointment by the ISBA of John Fatino from Des Moines, whose term will also end Sept. 30, 2021. The full order can be read here.

Digital version of October Iowa Lawyer now available

The October issue of The Iowa Lawyer is now published online. This issue features a by-the-numbers look at the Iowa Supreme Court’s 2017-2018 adjudicative term, what lawyers should know about serving on nonprofit boards, a profile of Justice Susan Christensen as she joins the supreme court, a recognition of all attorneys who provided pro bono legal services during the past year and a wrap-up of the ISBA Board of Governors September quarterly meeting.

Those who receive it in printed form should see it in their mailboxes late this week or the beginning of next.

Are you maximizing your investment in IowaDocs?

Attend one of the three scheduled webinars to become more efficient in document production. Learn the fundamentals of document creation and reduce redundancy by using answer files. These items and more will be covered during these webinars. Both the Desktop and online versions will be covered to ensure members can get the most out of the program.

All sessions will take place over the lunch hour, 12-1 pm, on Oct. 16, Nov. 20 and Dec. 11. To register, visit the event page online. Questions can be emailed to Brian Hegg.

IowaDocs® is a library of hundreds of legal documents created, endorsed and copyrighted by The Iowa State Bar Association that have been automated using HotDocs. These templates ask questions and automatically create customized documents based on the answers given. This member service is designed to save time, effort and money in the production of repetitive documents and forms.


Your legal and ethical data security responsibilities

Nathan Borghardt, Program Manager, Lockton Affinity
Data security is more than a smart risk management step for law firms. In fact, there are specific legal and ethical obligations that require firms to provide data security for the firm and its clients.

Unlike other industries, lawyers also have an ethical obligation to maintain data security. A violation of these ethical rules can give rise to disciplinary action or a malpractice lawsuit against a lawyer and/or a firm. The impact of a data breach can be more than financial, it can affect the firm’s reputation, its most valuable asset.

For more information on cyber security, how to protect your clients’ information and steps to take to mitigate your exposure, attend the Nov. 15 live webinar, “Shifting Landscapes: Adapting Your Firm to Emerging Threats.”

ISBA members who are CNA policy holders and who attend this two-hour CLE, are also eligible to receive up to a 7.5 percent credit on their policy premium for two policy years. The discount is per lawyer and will be applied at the next insurance renewal.

Help Iowa LawPAC and get a cool shirt!

Show your ISBA pride and at the same time support its lobbying efforts by making an individual contribution to the Iowa Lawyers’ Political Action Committee (Iowa LawPAC). With a LawPAC contribution of $20, donors will receive this t-shirt designed by the ISBA. There are a limited number available on a first-come, first-served basis.

All contributions benefit Iowa LawPAC. It is the political action committee of The Iowa State Bar Association and contributes to state legislative races. Its first priority is to support lawyer-legislator candidates, especially those who are members of the ISBA and have supported Iowa LawPAC prior to running for office.

Front: The Iowa Bar: Serving Up Justice Since 1874.
Back: Blank
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Material: 60% cotton; 40% polyester
Shirt Sizes Available: Small, Medium, Large, XL and XXL
(If purchasing multiple shirts of different sizes, please add shirts to cart one at a time, then proceed to check out)

Order your shirt here.

IRS warning: Scammers increasing activity ahead of Oct. 15 tax-filing deadline

The Oct. 15 deadline for filing taxes that were extended from last April is generating increased activity from cybercriminals seeking to steal money and personal information from unsuspecting victims. The scams show up as phone calls, emails and donation requests.

In a news release dated Sept. 27, the IRS described how the scams work and what to do about them.


As women lawyers across the country say #MeToo, bar associations play an important role
The unsolicited emails started showing up in Kathleen Trandahl’s box just weeks after the #MeToo sexual harassment movement had become a daily part of the national conversation last fall.
ABA BarLeader

College of Law clinics teach students about transactional law, federal defense
A pair of new legal clinics at the University of Iowa College of Law offers students unique learning opportunities related to transactional and criminal law, as well as hands-on experience in working with clients and appearing in federal court.

Crowd protests possible lifting of Bremer Co. courthouse gun ban
Bremer County Board of Supervisors chairman Dewey Hildebrandt found a lot of opposition Monday to his proposal to ask a judge to eliminate the firearms ban in public areas of the courthouse.
Marietta Daily Journal



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